In very bad conditions avoid driving unless essential. But if you must drive, here's how to make sure you and your car are as prepared as possible and what to do if you are caught out in bad weather.
- Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
- Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
- Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
- Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
- Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
- If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
- Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
- Always look and steer where you want to go.
- Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.
HOW CAN A 4X4 HELP IN WINTER?
A 4x4 can make a huge amount of difference when it comes to winter driving, especially if you regularly drive on country lanes or other untreated surfaces a 4x4 will be a godsend.
As a 4x4 has power being delivered to all the wheels on your vehicle, you have the benefit of added traction when compared to front or rear wheel drive. This gives you a much greater margin for error which can be the difference between a safe journey and losing control of the vehicle. As all the wheels are driving the vehicle, if one of them slips then it doesn’t affect the car as seriously as there is still traction at other points.
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